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quote america you wanted to join up, and you did. >> in 2004, i joined the u.s. army under the 18 x-ray special forces recruit program. i have to give high respect to everyone many the military and the graduates of those programs. they are better men than i. i was injured very early on in the program and i washed out. you know, i readily admit it, i don't hide that. >> snowden reportedly left the military after breaking both of his legs in training. >> the fact is that i tried. you know, i saw what was going on in the world. i believed the government's arguments that we were going to do good things in iraq, that we were going to free the oppressed. and i wanted to do my part to help share the national burden and create not just a better america but a better world.
quote in russia. i had a flight from cuba to latin america. the united states revoked my passport to trap me in the moscow airport. when people ask why are you in russia, i say please ask the state department. >> the u.s. state department says snowden's passport was
quote the return of measles, as a decision by parents. "america tonight" correspondent michael okwu in california. >> so we don't vaccinate our kids. >> that might shock many parents, but holly bloomhart and her husband shannon are part of a growing well healed minority, in orange county, can california. >> we are aware of the foods we eat, nonorganic. gmo. >> instead of vaccines they rely on holistic regimens, she and her husband own a chiropractic office that cater to residents.
quote america, the way the government has had a chance to chime in on this and to make their case, and when you look at the changes that it's resulted in, we have had the first open federal court to ever review these programs declare it likely unconstitutional and orwellian and you see congress agreeing that massive surveillance, bulk collection needs to end. with all of these things happening that the government agrees all the way up to the president, again, make us stronger how can it be said that i did not serve my government? how can it be said that this harmed the country when all three branches of government
quote >> on "america tonight": shot in the arm. the case for childhood vaccinations gets a booster from a report outbreak of measles and the worries of the return much other childhood deceases. why a growing number of parents say no to shots. >> what would happen if we didn't get vaccination egg? >> i think we would be a lot healthier. >> you do? >> i do. >> also ahead secrets and spies. criminal charges as the u.s. goes after china for stealing all american ideas . >> for the first time we are exposing the faces and names
quote trusted journalistic institutions in america, the way the government has had a chance to chime in on this and to make their case, and when you look at the changes
quote america but a better world. the problem was, as time went on, as i rose to higher and higher levels of the intelligence community, i gained more and more access, as i saw more and more classified information at the highest levels. i realized that so many of the things that we're told by the government simply aren't true. much like the arguments about aluminum tubes and weapons of mass destruction in iraq, colin powell's speech about the vial of anthrax that saddam was going to bring against us. the iraq war i signed up for was launched on false premises. the american people were misled. now, whether that was due to bad faith or simply mistakes of intelligence, i can't say for sure, but i can say it shows the problem of putting too much faith in intelligence systems without debating them in public. >> we'll take another break
quote would remain a well-kept secret. >> the president has ordered a major shake-up of america's spy operations... >> the nuts and bolts of intelligence will fall to lieutenant general michael hayden, who now heads up the once super secret...
quote of america and made their case. edward snowden is a coward, he is a traitor and he has betrayed his country and if he wants to come home tomorrow to face the music, he can do so. >> well, today the famed pentagon papers whistleblower dan ellsberg is sounding off about kerry's comments.
quote of the holiday. many of the scouts have family members who served in america's wars. >> my grandpa was in vietnam, and he has a lot of friends that aren't with him anymore. >> it's a great opportunity for them to learn about history of the country and sacrifices that others have made for our country. >> the bay area scout council
half a century ago. they came without much, but they had heard about the idea of america. that is what america really is. it is an idea and a central tenet of that idea is freedom. when my folks arrived in louisiana in 1971, by mother was pregnant with me. i was what you would politely called a free existing condition. [laughter] my dad did look around for a handout for the government to pay the hospital bill. he worked out paying for me on an installment plan. aortly after was born, yes half but they would take me back if you skipped a payment. -- he asked if they would take me back if he skipped a payment. they said no. [laughter] america wasidea of that if you work hard, if you apply yourself, you will be successful. when he got to baton rouge, he got a job and went through the yellow pages and looked up company after company. he finally wore a guy down on the phone from the railroad company. it is pretty amazing. my dad has got an accent. not a southern accent like me, but an accent. he not only convinces guide to high him, but he told the guy who said you could start on have a car
. >> their struggle is the story of today's america, a country that counts on those in the middle to lead on the path to prosperity. i am ali velshi. this show marks the beginning of al jazeera america's year-long conversation about america's middle class: rebuilding the dream. nine out of 10 americans identify themselves as already being in or aspiring to be in the middle class. and most americans agree that the middle class is in crisis, squeezed by years of job losses, rises costs and stagnant wages. over the next hour, i will introduce you to people like yourselves, people with real world pressures in their daily lives, people like the sabino family of new york, the maddox family of oregon. i will speak to america's foremost experts that follow problems americans face. robert reich, teamster's union james hoffa suzie hormann and robert schiller. we will identify why the middle class is crucial to a thriving economy. who is in the middle class? the pressures they face and what it will take to keep the dream from slipping away from millions of americans. while 90% of americans aspire to be in the
mark schneider, al jazeera, dallas. >> memorial day in america. that's all of our time for this news hour. i'm tony harris in new york ci city. "reareem "real money with ali"rs next. ne good job, a home for your family, a better future for your children. somewhere along the way, that reality. >> paycheck to paycheck. enough? treadmill. >> to keep middle class families from falling behind. >> people are struggling today. >> their struggle is the story of today's america, a country that counts on those in the middle to lead on the path to prosperity. i am ali velshi. this show marks the beginning of al jazeera america's year-long conversation about america's middle class: rebuilding the dream. nine out of 10 americans identify themselves as already being in or aspiring to be in the middle class. and most americans agree that the middle class is in crisis, squeezed by years of job losses, rises costs and stagnant wages. over the next hour, i will introduce you to people like yourselves, people with real world pressures in their daily lives, people like the sabino family o
>> weekday mornings on al jazeera america >> start your day with in depth coverage from across the country and around the world. >> the future looks uncertain... >> real news keeping you up to date. >> an informed look on the night's events, a smarter start to your day. mornings on al jazeera america a good job. a home for your family. a. >> greg: better future for owners -- a better future for your kids. within the middle class. it's part of our in-depth coverage. i'm ali velshi and this is "real money." all year long we're continuing a network wide conversation on america's middle class rebuilding the dream. most americans can agree that the middle class is in crisis, squeeze ed by years of job losses, 44% of americans today say they belong to the middle class but look that's down from the 44% said they did back in 2008 when the recession hit. there's no accepted definition of what the middle class is but economists define it by income. we have defined america's middle class. households of incomes anywhere from 40 to $100,000 a year. middle income families across america's
america's infrastructure. it's been about five and a half years since the financial crisis that rocked wall street and then ultimately spread to main street. thanks to the grit, the determination of the american people, we've been steadily fighting our way back. four years our businesses have now created jobs.llion new auto industry that was booming.g is now a manufacturing sector is adding ins for the first time years. troops fighting two wars are home. home or are coming rather than creating jobs in if other countries more and more itpanies are recognizing makes good business sense to locate right here in the united states of america without standing american work -- with outstanding american workers. made progress, but here's the thing we could be doing a lot more. we could make the decision easier for businesses to locate here in the united states, here york state if we do a job rebuilding our roads, rebuilding our bridges, upgrading our ports, unclogging commute times. do nothingtive is to and watch businesses go to places that have outstanding .nfrastructure behind me is the old
in america. the anti-masons were very suspicious of the freemasons but figured so prominently in the american establishment at that time. a few decades later there was the know nothing movement. this movement arose as a backlash against the influx of irish catholic immigration. in the reconstruction afte recoe civil war, domestic terrorism with the ku klux klan and at the close of the 19th century a very robust left-wing movement centered on labor union activism began to take hold. it is really nothing new. there is still no general consensus on what the term means, so suffice it to say as the term generally has a negative connotation. so extremism can be defined in three ways. in the first case it can be defined statistically with attitudes towards good particular issues arranged on a left right continuum. the left and right labels originated in the national assembly in 1789 and i in a situation that sat on the left side of the presiding officer and conservatives sat on the right side. so in this scheme of those people that favored the positions on the far left and far right of the continuum
. looking out at these headstones i am reminded of a seldom sung stanza of our national valid, america the beautiful. dreamstiful for patriot that see beyond the years, nine alabaster cities gleam on bound by human tears. and we honor the patriot dreams of america's sons and daughters. those who were willing to fight in every climb and in every place. they were willing to give their lives for our nation's ideals. we grieve, but we are also inspired. here we celebrate the timeless strength of america, undimmed by human tears. we know we are a better nation for the sacrifice of the men and women who served. we have the chance to bow our heads and remember our fallen heroes. we respect their sacrifice. it is the responsibility of a grateful nation to look act. it is incumbent on us to look forward. we are out there still, on the frontiers of air, defense. they are in afghanistan and around the world. they are across the shining cities -- sees. withwill marshal the day courage to make a difference for each other, us, and people they have never met but with whom they share a dream of a bett
and canada's got something america used to have and we'd like it back, please, i'll explain, when we come back. i'm ali velshi and this is "real money." >> this is "real money." you are the most important part of the show so tell me what is on your mind. by tweeting medium or sending to facebook. science philanthropy meet in los angeles for milken conference. i will introduce them to you, it's a unique event put together by the milken institute, a nonpart distant institute. the institute was set up bip michael milken. now known for his philanthropy michael milken was known 20 years ago for fraud that landed him in prison. mary snowy has his story. >> welcome mr. prime minister. how would you like me to refer to you at this session? >> tony. >> michael milken now attracts the spotlight from education to health. but it 's a role that might not have seemed possible two decades ago. the junk bond king in the 1980s. that set upon risk 80 low income bonds that but institutions in debt. it was the largest criminal prosecution in wall street history. he was sentenced to ten years in prison but wa
america % >>> fast-food workers take a stand in the battle for better pay. we'll show you who is behind the worldwide protests and whether their demands can be met. and shareholders at a big restaurant chain has voted down a big pay package for the bosses. plus the energy boom is causing an explosive risk under the streets in our american cities. i'm "real money." ♪ >> this is "real money," and you are the most important part of the show, to tell us what is on your mine by tweeting at, and this was a day of protests in cities across america and around the world. hundreds of fast-food workers demanding higher pay walked off of their jobs. it was part of court -- coordinated one day strike. here in the united states labor organizers from the service employ international union join the protest to call for raising the minimum wage in this country to $15 an hour. right now the federal minimum wage is stuck at 7:25 an hour. president obama is calling on congress to raise the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour. most fast-food workers make more than the national minimum, but not
of this show. >> so join the conversation and make it your own. >> the stream. next on al jazeera america and join the conversation online @ajamstream. >> fracking is producing loads of oil and gas and plenty of controversy. then you see the gas drilling technologies america's new gold rush. just because the stuff sits under your property doesn't mean you can cash in on it. and whether you're conservative or liberal there's a good chance that ron paul has at least one opinion you grac agree with. and how one american group is taking care of its own. i'm david shuster in for ali velshi and this is "real money." >> this is "real money" and you are the most important part of the show. tell us what's on your mind, @ali velshi or facebook @ali velshi. fracking, hydraulic fracturing. whatever you call it, it's a billion dollar boom that's adding millions to state covers. horizontal drilling and explosive charge creates holes in the rock then a combination of water, chemicals and sand is injected into the well at high pressure. trapped air and gas is shot into the well and sent back to the surfa
. "america tonight" with joie chen is up next. you can always get the latest news on our website. check out >> you know people are just dropping like flies. all those people that live closest to the plant, they went one after the other. >> we are paying with our lives. >> whenever you have lots of men and lots of money you are going to find prostitution and trafficking. >> you can't produce the most toxic thing on earth and also, protect the public. >> "america tonight" investigates. dirty power in america. america is blesswith abundant energy. fossil fuels, nuclear energy, powers or lifestyles. but there is a dark side, hidden cost borne by a small portion of the american public, america's cheap energy. our largest fossil fuel resource, coal and the toxic waste it leaves behind. "america tonight"'s sarah hoye reports on a group who took on the energy giant. >> people are dropping like flies. >> vicky says this coal fired power plant is killing her people. >> those who lived closest to the plant, they all went one after the other. >> nestled down in the basin, the m
quote series "america's middle class: rebuilding the dream". >> sometimes i question, why is this happening to me? >> do you need a card? customer: uh huh- jodi: ok over here. >> jodi bowlin is a struggling gift shop owner and the single mother of 16-year old son julian. >> she's like my role model in perseverance. >> the 46-year old knoxville tennessee native has experienced a lifetime of ups an downs. when she was 15 jodi went to tokyo to work as a model and actress.
. real reporting from around the world. this is what we do. al jazeera america. >>> it is a global power struggle for gas and oil. pipe lines gives vladimir putin the upper hand in europe. i tell you how america wants to level the playing field. america's middle class is getting squeezed. i meet three families meeting the matter head on. working for tips, i tell you about the people depending on them to live and ask if they'd be better off with a bigger pay check instead. i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money". . >> this is "real money," you are the most important part of the show. tell me what's on your mind by tweeting and facebook. all right. energy ministers from the group of 7 industrialized country, the g7 are meeting in rome, as more violence is flaring up in ukraine between security forces and pro-russian insurgents. on the agenda at the g7 - energy security in an increasingly volatile world. the g7, by the way is made up of seven countries, united states, canada, japan, britain, germany, france and italy. at stake it the lopsided dependence that europe has on russia for its nu
colonial settlement in , america and plymouth has consistently proven itself to be the greatest engine of opportunity in the history of mankind. no other place comes even close as we are all blessed to be a part of it. cultureately, pop sometimes sends a different message. seen struck recently they -- be a scene in the comedy called "the internship." we did not win any oscars, but it starts: wilson and vince vaughn. they pay that play 45-year-old competing with very talented 20-year-old for jobs at google. at the climax of the movie, they are downtrodden. it seems clear. they will lose their jobs. moment, they discourage -- a discourage young intern says "the whole american dream thing that you guys are up on, that is all it is nowadays. a dream. graduates, do not ever allow yourself to believe that will stop instead, think about this. there is more information on then there wase in the local library when your parents grow. sure, life in modern america is not all, candy and rainbows. but for many of our challenges, our country remains an amazing place. it is the land of opportunity. he
carolyn schwartz for for hosting my leinster untrained lecture. extreme in his america is my book. so the need this is a growing subculture and it espouses platforms that many people believe are extremists. and this suggests some interesting trends in american politics and society. for some observers this includes the fragmentation of the country and to others they are another example of american pluralism at work. so political extremism has a long tradition in the united states and there have been numerous radical protest movements that have punctuated american history. and in fact, the american republic was born against the british pound, the colonial rebels wanted self-government from england and not long after the revolutionary war in 1787, the lead farmers and the revolt in massachusetts. so several historians like to cite the anti-masonic party of the early 19th century as the first right wing reactionary movement in america. they were very suspicious of the free masons that figured so prominently in the american establishment at that time in a few decades later this movement ar
into the killings. with no one to turn to, they said, the vigilantes have given them hope. >> al jazeera america presents borderland's dramatic conclusion >> no one's prepared for this journey. >> our teams experience the heart breaking desperation >> we're all following stories of people that have died in the desert. >> and the importance... >> experiencing it, has changed me completely... >> of the lives that were lost in the desert >> this is the most dangerous part of your trip... >> an emotional finale you can't miss... >> we got be here to tell the story. >> the final journey borderland continues... only on al jazeera america >> on real money with ali velshi, a yearlong series, america's vanishing middle class... >> i'm on a mission, that i have to keep this business going... >> three families struggling every day >> we had to pull the whole retirement fund... >> real stories... real people... real advice... >> you need to pay the water bill, if you don't pay it, we're shutting your water off in a half hour >> how will you survive? >> the stakes are so high... >> america's middle class: re
reporting from around the world. this is what we do. al jazeera america. >> a group of armed vigilantes is trading machine gun fire with members of the knights templar cartel until early this year, the town of nueva italia in mexico's western state of michoacan was under the control of the cartel but after more than a decade of fear, something changed these men armed themselves, and town-by-town, they began to drive the cartel out. they call themselves autodefensas, or self-defense forces. their leaders claim that 20,000 have joined the armed movement. their advance has been welcomed by many, but it's also plunged this state into a new kind of lawlessness. >> we've just arrived to michoacán and we've heard that four heads have been discovered on the steps leading to this church here in this small town of zacan. >> it's a gruesome warning from the templars, as the autodefensas approach this town from the south the bodies were taken away by authorities before we arrived. but people here tell me they expect little more from the investigation. in mexico, it's estimated 98 percent of crimes
to a congress that may be too well funded to be neutral in the debail over net neutrality in america. >> our global village voices now on the fight of net neutrality. >> new websites can't afford faster speeds: . >> the whole point of the internet is that it's free and open with equal access for everybody. if you have something to say, it doesn't matter who you are, that you are able to participate and compete with any of the biggest players, and the reason why it's important is because the u.s. and the policies and regulations that the u.s. adapts have a tendency to become adopted worldwide and set a precedent for worldwide. >> al jazeera america presents the system with joe burlinger >> the dna testing shows that these are not his hairs >> unreliable forensics >> the problem the bureaus got is they fail, it's a big, big deal... >> convicted of unspeakable crimes did flawed lab work take away their freedom? >> i was 18 when i went in... when i came out i was 50... you don't get it back... >> shocking truths revealed >> the system with joe burlinger only on al jazeera america real reporting
, america has consistently proven itself to be the greatest engine of opportunity in the history of mankind. no other place comes even close and we are all blessed to be a part of it. unfortunately, pop culture sometimes send a very different message. i was struck recently by a scene in the comedy "the internship." the movie did not win any oscars, but it stars owen wilson and vince vaughn. they play washed up 45-year-olds competing with very talented 20-year-olds for jobs at google. at the climax of the movie, they are bleary-eyed and downtrodden. it seems clear, they're going to lose their job opportunity. at that moment, a discouraged young intern says "the whole american dream thing that you guys grew up on -- that is all it is nowadays, a dream." graduates, do not ever allow yourself to believe that. instead, think about this. there is more information on your smart phone than there was in the local library when your parents grew up. sure, life in modern america is not all candy in rainbows. yet, for all of our challenges, our country remains an amazing place. the land of opportunity.
.com. >> on "america tonight," the tipping point. more clashes and bloodshed in ukraine. the elevated warnings from u.s. to russia to stand down. also tonight: the search for relisha. the search for her disappearance. one man's call on the air waves, that relisha is somewhere out there, waiting to come home. >> i saw her picture and it warms my heart. >> and chest pique bay. >> i've worked these waters for 40 years and i've seen a lot of changes not any of them good. >> a new challenges challenge. >> good evening everyone, joie chen is on assignment, i'm adam may. >> ukraine, southern port city of odessa, the deadliest day in ukraine, since the ousting of you viktor yanukovych. an attempt to reclaim eastern cities from pro-russian separatists. >> as forces battle to regain erin ukraine territory, more are dead and the region is further engulfed had flames. riot police overwhelmed in donetske, fell back, letting a pro-russian mob take over the office of the state prosecutor. moscow claims these are ordinary activists. kyiv charges at the very least, russia is pulling the strings, and some of those in
're shutting your water off in a half hour >> how will you survive? >> the stakes are so high... >> america's middle class: rebuilding the dream on real money with ali velshi on al jazeera america watching. >>> on "america tonight", the weekend edition, the up and down sides of a high plains boom down. in our exclusive investigation, what came to williston north dakota and the high price of that black gold. >> this, right here, is a huge area for prostitution. >> right here at wal-mart? >> wherever the money is and the men are. >> also tonight - a push from the top. the white house joins survivors, urging colleges to act to stop sex crimes on campuses. we continue our indepth reporting on sex crimes and what colleges are pressed to do now. bay. >> i worked on the water for 48 years. i saw a lot of changes, and not anyway of them good. >> a bid to bring back the bay faces a new change from those that say it's a threat to their love of the land. >>> good evening, thanks for joining us. i'm melissa chan. we begin with a city problem faced by a boom town in the heart lpd. with a spike in domest
-hang stunt. those are the headlines. i'm richelle carey. being "america tonight" with joie chen is up next. check out our stories at what began as open rebellion in eastern ukraine is looking more and more like a civil war. >> my house was hit from two directions. windows have bullet holes in them. ukrain ukrainians are destroying us. >> leaving victims at risk. >> you wonder is rape illegal, nothing is done. i have to wonder, is it really illegal? >> and waving the red flag. mexico's youngest stars face down the most powerful ones. yet should an eight-year-old be sent to the bullfighting ring? >> and good evening, thank you for joining us, i'm joie chen. by the hours, ukraine looks more and more like a country on the brink, maybe already over the edge of a siferl war. civil war. both the government in kyiv and the russian government continue to blame the other were instigated the fight with little sign of resolution. we begin with an update from "america tonight"'s sheila macvicar. >> the even city of slovyansk, once again the focus of insurgency. to retake control. the ukr
drew their attention to this. take that away. we are the tapestry. we are the fabric of america. we are the future of america. i thank you for being here and i thank you for your support. thank you very much. [applause] [country music plays] >> thank you. thank you very much. something must have happened today. i'm not sure what it was. [laughter] my friends, tonight we begin the process of putting kentucky first again. [applause] for 5.5 years, the powers that be in washington have treated the people of the state with contempt. tonight, i have a simple message for them. those days are numbered. [applause] a little while ago, i spoke to my opponent and congratulated him on a hard-fought campaign. he brought tenacity to the race. he made me a stronger candidate. the race is behind us. it is time to unite. to my opponent's supporters, i hope you will join me and know that your fight is my fight. let's have a big hand for him. [applause] this race has always been much bigger than one candidate. it is about the kind of state we want. it is about the kind of country we want. it is about
. and the conversation around the country you had many infrastructure advocates, like building america's future one sounding the ly alarm that the country, especially members of congress, have to address problem with aging bridges. host: give us a sense of the scope of the problem. here's from the american society of civil engineer, their 23 report card on american infrastructure, noting that over 200 million trips are taken deficient bridges. the average bridge is 42 years old and include a map with the yellow on that map noting the more deficient bridges in the united states. what's your sense of the scope of the problem here? guest: again, infrastructure advocates will tell you it's an emergency, a severe problem, that these bridges, they're not necessarily unsafe, but they're aging, and with every year they become more expensive to repair and to maintain. there is not enough money to go around the department of transportation, secretary is calling the situation dire. for the need to bring more money to the state from the federal coifers to help state officials repair and sometimes replace thes
>>> hello. i'm del walters in new york. you're watching al jazeera america. we're awaiting the president right now. the president about to deliver the commencement address at west point. he's expected to announce a major foreign policy shift for the u.s., all of this one day after the president announced a major drawdown of u.s. forces in afghanistan on tuesday announcing plans to end the presence there by the end of his term in office. three years ago there were more than 100,000 troops stationed in afghanistan. the president saying he will lower that number to 32,000 this month, and below 10,000 by the end of next year. our white house correspondent mike viqueira is in washington. what else can we expect to hear from the president today? >> reporter: we can look at today as the third in the three-act play. the president had the surprise visit in the heart of afghanistan over the memorial day weekend on sunday there addressing the troops. some of the 32,000 left there now after a peak of 100,000 at the time of president obama's surge way back in 2011. then we saw the presi
issue today... >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> catastrophic flooding, devastating drought and wildfires. the white house calls it climate disruption, and says that the cost is too great. what america can do to stop it. and the potential price tag, and also, the uphill climb for the middle class. a single mom trying to claw hire way back to prosperity with a shot of success. and i'm talking to north carolina's pickle lady. how she turned a family recipe and a few cucumbers into a global business. i'm ali velshi in washington d.c. tonight, and this is "real money." this is "real money", and you are the most important part of the show. tweet me on ali i am here in washington d.c., where the white house today released an 800 page gorilla of a report on climate change. now, this report describes the damaging present and future affects of global warming, warming temperatures on the united states. and it's called the national climate assessment. it's the result of three years of work by more than 300 scientists and other experts, and this report says that extr
kids who are damn annoying unless they are going to be better off. and america feels this is a fundamental violation of what this whole country is supposed to be about. many people have talked about the new urgency around the inequality agenda, and people believe overwhelmingly that the wealthy are the only people who have made out ahead in this economy, that everybody else's fallen behind. we now have economic data, great economic data validating why this is happening. real people knew it already. this is why i love being a pollster. conventional wisdom is about 95% wrong plus or minus five percent, and beltway conventional wisdom is 100% wrong. so people are there. experience tells them this. people believe overwhelmingly that inequality is a big problem. and frankly, people think they are and that problem, too. they do not think they have to look for somebody vulnerable. they do not have to look past the kitchen table to find somebody vulnerable. we are all in it together. as carol moseley braun said, whether you came over on the mayflower, a cruise ship, or a slav
for feminism, including beyonce' >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> spending by consumers rose a healthy 53%. but the catch was the exports and business investments, things like snowstorm and frigid weather, those things fell off. but there is reason to be optimistic . jobs grew by 220,000. that's the biggest jump we've seen in five months. and a third of the jobs were added by small businesses, and small businesses are the rocket fuel of america's economy. of all the jobs added, the biggest chunk of new jobs by businesses and construction was the second largest jobs to come. even the federal reserve noted the economic pick up and economic activity after a sharp slow down in winter. the feds said following a two-day meeting that it expects growth in the coming months with more jobs coming online and more spending on housing. the fed feels confident enough to cut back another $10 billion. but there is still some economic problems. more jobs need to be added so the fed for the first time, for the time being is keeping key interest rates at or near zero. normally such rock bottom
on al jazeera america >>> a new boss takes the wheel from the ceo who made ford. i'll tell you what he needs to do on the road ahead. also i'm going underground in tornado ally with a building who is cranking out twister-proof houses. plus the dirty little secret about college admissions. "real money." ♪ >>> this is "real money." you are the most important part of the show, so tell me what is on your mind by tweeting me or on facebook. a big announcement from an american icon, ford announced that the ceo will step down in july after eight years at the helm. long time ford executive mark fields will take over in his stead. under alan's watch this man, an outsider who came on from boeing. he reinvented ford and its brand to something that means quality today. an unlike ford, detroit's rivals which were forced to plea for a $63.5 billion bailout from the take a dime from uncle sam. >> i'm alan, i'm from ford, and i'm ready to take care of your car needs. >> he se corrected his reputation after becoming ceo in 2006. the year the company lost nearly $13 million. >> i got a call from the g
with an update from "america tonight"'s sheila macvicar. >> the even city of slovyansk, once again the focus of insurgency. to retake control. the ukrainians face fears battles. defiant in face of constant pressure. >> of the 25 that went in only five came out. they were moving in from the front from the right and the left. when we started retreating they also surrounded us from behind. we barely not them off and got through. >> locals speak of a convey of army vehicles and special soldiers dressed all in black. >> people from the sbu came here and shot at peaceful citizens. my house was shot. shells. at the moment we have six dead bodies and eight people are injured and in the hospital. >> translator: i was at home the land was shooting for an hour and a half. my house was hit from two directions. windows have bullet holes in them. ukrainian troops are destroying us. >> the armored vehicles came in that direction. then the shooting started. our self defense was here and a war began. >> reporter: both sides claim casualties and both sides have a growing number of martyrs including a 21-y
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